The Santa Cruz Chapter of Omega Nu strives to meet the charitable needs of the local community. Since the first charity grant was made following the 1906 earthquake, Omega Nu has given over two million dollars to individuals, families and organizations in need. Total charitable contributions are in excess of three hundred thousand dollars over the last 5 years.

If you would like Omega Nu to consider your Charity Organization for a financial donation, please contact JoAnn Hughes by email at 

Charity is generally funded in two cycles:

  • Requests for the November funding cycle must be postmarked no later than October 15.

  • Requests for the April funding cycle must be postmarked no later than March 15.

Our current deadline for submitting a Charity Grant request is March 15, 2019.    

Groups, families or individuals in need may apply in writing via email to JoAnn Hughes at or by mail to:

Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
P.O. Box 1696
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Please include a request for specific items, their costs and the name, phone number and address of a contact person. Omega Nu provides for a variety of needs but does not pay salaries.

All organizations applying for charity must submit a current financial statement and/or project budget. Organizational grants are not to exceed $2,000 for a one- year period. Special circumstances may be considered.

All individuals applying must fill out our Confidential Financial Report for information concerning family and income. Cases are not to exceed $500 per individual or $1,000 per family in a one-year period. Special circumstances may be considered.

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    In 2005 our organization created Funds for Fundamentals to help public teachers with classroom expenses.   Over $248,000 has been given to 20 public elementary and 7 public middle schools since the program began.

    1,647 teachers have received FUNDS during the life of this program.  Funds for Fundamentals has gotten so popular that the elementary schools had to be divided between two years.  The grants have benefited thousands of school children in northern Santa Cruz County. 

    There is a three year rotation on the schools receiving FFF, with the middle schools (Aptos, Branciforte, Mission Hill, New Brighton, SLV, Scotts Valley and Shoreline) receiving grants this last year in February 2018 and nine elementary schools (Bay View, Bonny Doon, Brook Knoll, Del Mar, Live Oak, Main St. Elem., Rio Del Mar, San Lorenzo Valley and Westlake) available to apply for grants this year.  

  • For this next year - 2019, the elementary schools that were eligible to apply were:  Boulder Creek, DeLaveaga, Gault, Green Acres, Mar Vista, Pacific, Santa Cruz Gardens, Soquel, Valencia and Vine Hill. The deadline for applying was December 12th, 2018, and the final determination and funding was completed in January. Check our website later this year for the schools that will be eligible in 2020.


For more information or questions please email Lynne Courtright: or